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Cyber Security – Mind what you Share
At the moment, the COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting our normal workdays; people are turning increasingly to messaging apps and social media to keep in communication with friends, family and co-workers.

 

Some places, especially Facebook, are rife with copy-paste paragraphs, “share if you agree” posts, and quizzes. It’s really the latter of these that’s sparked this post, and the post below – shared by the Dorset Police Cyber Crime Unit – highlights this troubling trend.

 

 

Harmless Fun or Security Risk?

These quizzes may seem like harmless fun, but – and this is especially true if your profile and posts are set to public – you never know who, or what, is collecting and collating the data you post on social media.

Many people will have at least one friend who is constantly posting these kinds of things; perhaps wanting to connect with other people, out of curiosity of what others answers would be, or perhaps just out of boredom. However, the darker side of these kinds of posts is that it all the information you share is stored, seen by whoever you allow to see it, and can be used for marketing.

 

Protect Yourself

Sometimes, more insidious or criminal organisations can start these “share if you agree” or “share with your answers” kinds of posts using fake accounts, in order to harvest the information that you share with them by commenting on, liking or sharing a post. Even the most innocuous-seeming quizzes can be used to infer things about you and your preferences, such as those about your favourite musician or TV shows.

It might not seem important at first glance, but when you consider that people sometimes use their first vehicle, favourite animal, favourite colour, or the street they grew up on as passwords or answers to security questions, you can start to see why posting this kind of information might put your accounts at risk.

 

We’d advise against posting anything on social media that you wouldn’t want shared with the general public – you never know how far things will spread; once you’ve posted something online, it will more than likely never be completely removed.

 

If you’d like more information or advice on IT security during the COVID-19 lockdown, hardware or software solutions, or compliance, get in touch with us on 0121 227 0439 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk
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